In light of the recent 2012 National Small Business Week, .BIZ has put together a list of 6 small biz organizations worth exploring. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, sole-proprietor or small business CEO − organizations can provide you with useful tips and resources as well as valuable networking opportunities to help you grow your business.
- Startup Nation
Startup Nation is a leading editorial and community resource made by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. The organization’s mission is to empower everyone to own a business and to provide entrepreneurs with the resources and information they need to be successful at each stage of their journey.
Biz Benefits: Take advantage of this network to bounce your business ideas off the minds of thousands of successful entrepreneurs who have tackled the same challenges you are dealing with today.
- International Council for Small Businesses (ICSB)
ICSB is dedicated to ensuring long-term sustainability and growth for small businesses around the world. The Council comprises of a unique blend of members, from policy-makers and legislative experts to business owners, educators and researchers, among others.
Biz Benefits: The world is changing and businesses must enter new markets around the world to stay competitive in the current business environment. ISCB can facilitate professional relationships with your key target audience, across countries and cultures. The Council’s weekly newsletters will keep you updated on the latest trends and policy changes that will affect your business’ bottom line in today’s global marketplace.
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Nation
The largest business organization in the world, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched Small Business Nation to foster an open forum for small businesses around information and ideas. The Chamber has a proven history of consolidating the many voices of small business into one unified, effective message.
Biz Benefits: Dive deep into Small Business Nation’s extensive virtual Toolkits, online resources that provide you with practical tips on important topics including becoming an employer, government contracting, insurance, purchasing and inventory. From federal forms and checklists, you’ll get everything you need to jumpstart your business – all in one place!
- National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
By pooling the purchasing power of its members, the National Federation of Independent Business gives members access to many business products and services at discounted costs. NFIB also provides timely information designed to help small businesses succeed.
Biz Benefits: Join NFIB get access to the cutting-edge products and services that you couldn’t otherwise afford. The Federation also supplies timely tips on cutting costs and increasing ROI.
- Small Business Majority
The Small Business Majority is an advocacy group that amplifies the voice of small businesses and represents their interests on The Hill. Additionally, the group conducts research around key questions and opinions in the industry and hosts events on key trends and issues.
Biz Benefits: Run by small business owners, Small Business Majority understands the needs of small businesses and how to partner with government to drive innovation and success. This organization has your best interest at heart and will help defend your business against key issues that influence your ability to grow.
- National Association of Women-Owned Business (NAWBO)
NAWBO represents more than 10 million women-owned businesses worldwide. They strive to be a “one-stop resource to propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.”
Biz Benefits: A few of the many advantages to becoming a member of NAWBO include access to the online member directory, annual awards, leadership development and advocacy and legislative center, and more.
.BIZ understands that starting and sustaining a business in today’s economy is no easy task. It’s important to take advantage of organizations like these to stay current on new trends, policies and regulations, leverage educational resources, and most importantly, network with others who can provide you with helpful advice and bring value to your business!